PGA Championship: Eric Cole soars but Jon Rahm sinks in frost-delayed first round

Eric Cole, an American golfer, jumped out to an early lead in the PGA Championship on Thursday at Oak Hill Country Club.

The 122nd-ranked golfer in the world had six birdies in just 14 holes when play was delayed due to darkness with 11 groups still to finish their opening rounds.

If not for frost in Rochester, New York, which delayed the start of the competition by an hour and 50 minutes, players would have likely finished.

At five under par, Cole leads fellow countryman Bryson DeChambeau by one stroke after the latter fired a strong four under 66 to temporarily take the lead.

California-born Cole, who turned pro in 2009, spent the majority of his time on the Korn Ferry Tour until being granted a PGA Tour card for the 2023 season.

At The Honda Classic in March, he came agonizingly close to winning his first PGA Tour championship before falling to Chris Kirk in a playoff.

The 34-year-old is currently taking in the leaderboard on the first day of the PGA Championship, just his second major appearance.

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